2007 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso
Cabernet Franc - 750ML
  • WE 98
  • WA 95
  • IWC 94

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WE 98
Wine Enthusiast, December 2010
<strong> # 8 on Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2011</strong>; Paleo (a pure expression of Cabernet Franc from Coastal Tuscany) is a drop dead gorgeous wine with amazing intensity and purity of... <strong> # 8 on Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Cellar Selections of 2011</strong>; Paleo (a pure expression of Cabernet Franc from Coastal Tuscany) is a drop dead gorgeous wine with amazing intensity and purity of aromas. You get it all here: Bright berry notes drying mineral exotic spice cooling acidity and firm satisfying structure. It's a rich velvety and beautiful wine that will award you a memorable drinking experience now or in 10 years time. M.L.
WA 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2010
The 2007 Paleo Rosso (Cabernet Franc) offers up compelling nuanced layers of smoke dark cherries mocha and grilled herbs in a style that reveals considerable richness and opulence but also quite a bit of verve minerality... The 2007 Paleo Rosso (Cabernet Franc) offers up compelling nuanced layers of smoke dark cherries mocha and grilled herbs in a style that reveals considerable richness and opulence but also quite a bit of verve minerality and sheer structure. The wine has begun to shut down considerably since it was bottled and will require quite a bit of patience. Still it is impossible to miss the silkiness of the tannins the impeccable purity of the finish and the wine's exceptional overall sense of harmony. This brilliant effort will be a joy to follow over the coming years. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027. -Antonio Galloni
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, October 2010
Bright ruby. Precise aromas of strawberry raspberry graphite and iron filings with a suave undercurrent of white pepper. A strong violet note gains strength with air and carries onto the palate nicely lifting the red... Bright ruby. Precise aromas of strawberry raspberry graphite and iron filings with a suave undercurrent of white pepper. A strong violet note gains strength with air and carries onto the palate nicely lifting the red berry and mineral flavors. Finishes impressively pure focused and creamy-smooth with a lingering floral note. -Ian D'Agata
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Franc
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Sub-region Bolgheri
Vintage 2007

Label

Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso was first produced in 1989 and has evolved over time from a classic Bordeaux blend to a 100% varietal Cabernet Franc. This is a beautiful story of obstinacy in challenging the stereotype of Cabernet Franc, which is already difficult to produce, and even more so as a pure varietal wine. Today Paleo Rosso is one of the most individual and distinct, as well as one of the most famous, Cabernet Franc wines produced in Italy. The word Paleo is a common name referring to the “Festuca Pratensis“ of the family Gramineae, a wild herb which grows on the Tuscan coast.

Winery

Le Macchiole

Le Macchiole is an estate in Bolgheri, Tuscany on the Etruscan Coast. Founded in 1983 by Eugenio Campolini and Cinzia Merli, the estate has 24 hectares of organically farmed vineyards producing 5 single-variety wines: Paleo Bianco, Bolgheri Rosso, Paleo Rosso, Scrio and Messorio. It was a risky decision to produce single-varietal wines when neighbors such as Sassicaia, Ornellaia, and Guado al Tasso were achieving world-renown for their Super Tuscan Bordeaux blends. But with commitment and determination, they achieved the esteem and recognition deserving of the series of their stunning wines.

Sadly, Eugenio passed away and did not live to see the result of his work but his legacy is continued by his wife Cinzia who works devotedly in the vineyards to demonstrate the purity and unique interpretation of Le Macchiole wines.